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Enterprise Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) are the next evolution of business application development. There are four different approaches to RIA development - AJAX, Java, Flash, and .NET - and many different RIA solutions available today. This article answers the following questions: What are enterprise RIAs? Which approach should you use? Which solutions are appropriate for you? And how are RIAs being adopted today? Welcome to a New Paradigm The Web began as an environment for content sharing and small-scale data transfer via e-mail, newsgroups, and so forth. These initial uses quickly led to more sophisticated applications particularly in the e-commerce arena. However, the Web wasn't architected with rich application services in mind. Its document-centric model has by and large thwarted developers looking to leverage the Web as a platform for enterprise-class ap... (more)

Mobile AJAX for Workers on the Edge

Coach Wei's Blog This is an interesting article by Rich Seeley on 2/22/06: The number of mobile workers globally will soon be more than double the total U.S. population, according to predictions by another analyst firm, IDC Corp. IDC has predicted that in two years there will be 878 million mobile workers linked to their corporate headquarters by notebook PCs, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and the already ubiquitous cell phone. In a recent report on the rich Internet application (RIA) strategy of Nexaweb Technologies Inc., Anne MacFarland, director of data strategies and ... (more)

Java or .NET? XML Rich-Client AJAX Technology Brings Zero-Install Rich Client To Java

This article originally appeard in Java Developer's Journal on October 10, 2005 Which platform to use Java or .NET? Developers ask this question all the time. Java has been widely adopted because of its overwhelming benefits on the server side, but Java has less to offer on the client side. .NET has made inroads into the enterprise by leveraging its stronger rich-client capabilities. An alternative solution for enterprise-scale Internet application development is the emerging XML-based rich-client technology. .NET Erosion from the Client Side There are good reasons why Java is th... (more)

Apache XAP - The New Approach to AJAX

Apache XAP - The New Approach to Ajax (1) XAP is up and running at Apache (under Apache Incubator)... It's initial website is at: http://incubator.apache.org/xap. For those who are really brave, feel free to participate xap-dev@incubator.apache.org for discussions / suggestions / comments, or dig into source repositary. Why XAP and What Is The Value of Declarative Ajax? XAP represents a new way of developing, deploying and maintaining Ajax applications. It uses a declaratiave syntax (XAL, http://www.openxal.org/) for describing UI, Data, Data Binding - so that the only Javascript cod... (more)

Coach Wei's "Direct From Web 2.0" Blog: The Converging Developer Community

At the AJAXWorld Conference & Expo and OpenAjax Alliance back to back meetings in Santa Clara, CA this week, it has been hard not to think about the developer community and how Web 2.0 is impacting it today. Web development can be roughly divided into two camps: Website development; Web application development; "Website development" is more concerned about content: presenting content, linking pages, delivering documents, and simple form-based interactions. The typical websites would fall into this category. "Web application development" is more about “application", the role of... (more)